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A vignette (vin YET) is a small illustration or an ornamental or decorative design. It does not have a border, nor does it square off at the edges, but rather shades away. Vignettes are often found on title pages and might be found in any of the locations shown in the samples below.
It may be found at the head of a chapter...
...or at the tail.
It may be in the margin...
...or in the middle of the page within the text.